The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 238
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238 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Several documents are published supplementary to this paper, the object
being to popularize much that has hitherto been practically inaccessible to
the public. Those written by Kuykendall, Turner, and Baker, now appear
in print for the first time, and Santa Anna's Report is new in English; the
.first two, with Houston's official report of the battle of San Jacinto, are
published in full, but in the extracts from Baker's letter and all the other
documents only the main narrative has been retained. The documents are
arranged in the chronological order-so far as I have been able to deter-
mine it-in which they were written. They are sparingly annotated, and
unless otherwise indicated the notes are those of the respective writers.
To each one of them I have prefixed a brief bibliography, and a summary
covering disputed points.
On account of space limitations, it has been necessary to select the doc-
uments printed, and to omit some that are well worth publication. The
published works used in addition to these in the preparation of this paper
will be found in the attached list (pp. 344-45), which, though not intended
to be exhaustive, contains, I believe, all the important material at present
known upon the subject.
In the notes to this paper, for the sake of convenience, citations to
Foote's Texas and the Texans, Kennedy's Texas, Yoakum's History of
Texas, Bancroft's North Mexican States and Texas, and Brown's History
of Texas are made by the name of the author instead of by the title of the
The so-called San Jacinto campaign' occupied just one month
and ten days of the spring of 1836, beginning with Houston's
assumption of the command at Gonzales (March 11), and ending
with the battle of San Jacinto. During the first five weeks of this
time the chief occupation of the Texan army consisted apparently
in the effort to keep out of reach of the Mexicans, but for the last
five days it assumed a more belligerent policy, and, in the end,
almost annihilated the enemy on the field of San Jacinto. Before
commencing the narrative, however, it will be necessary to glance,
first, at the distribution of Texan and Mexican forces at the begin-
ning of the campaign; and then to take a brief retrospect of Texan
affairs for the preceding few months.
Santa Anna had arrived in Bexar (San Antonio) on February
23, 1836, with an army 2,500 or 3,000 strong," and sat down to the
It might, perhaps, be more accurately entitled "The Retreat from Gon-
zales to San Jacinto."
'R. M. Potter, in Fall of the Alamo, 16-a reprint from Magazine of
American History, January, 1878.
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